Round 18 of the 5aside league – Wednesday 20th February 2019.
This week both teams from Capernwray were playing twice, so that they could finish their fixtures before Winter school finished and the Students head off. It was a big ask for them all, but remarkably both teams won their second game of the evening after loosing their first game.
In the 8pm ‘Championship’ game the Torchbearers were playing Chipping. Chipping continued where they had left off 2 weeks previously, as they were on top from start to finish. Again Jake Fawcett and Oscar Foot were amongst the goals, both completing hat tricks and another brace for Joe Kelsall completed Chippings scoring. For Torchbearers, Thomas was the man who got the 2 goals. Chipping continue on their good form, with their last game on the 20th March, against Carnforth looking like a key game in deciding the Championship winners.
In the early ‘Premiership’ game Roeburndale Rascals were looking to make up ground on Crown Lane, as they took on Capernwray. Roeburndale had a couple of key players out injured but had the returning Joel Law and Jacko to call upon. The game started at a frantic pace, with both teams taking the game to each other. In the early exchanges there was nothing between the teams, other than some superb shooting from Joel Law, who got a brace within 10 minutes. As the half went on Jacko added a third and Joel completed his hat trick. Into the second half and the game continued at pace, but now rather than Joel being the difference, it was Matt Dawson who was the difference. Capernwray carved out some great opportunities, but time and time again the stand in goal keeper pulled off some wonderful saves, to keep his teams lead. Capernwray deserved more, but couldn’t find a way past him and in the end it was Roeburndale who added two more goals to their tally, including a lovely finish from Will Preece. A great result for the Rascals in what must have been a very pleasing performance.
At 9pm Matthew Wraight from Capernwray spoke to the guys. Matthew read some verses from John Chapter 1, which say: 43 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46 And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”
Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
Nathanael came to Jesus and Jesus spoke to him and he believed Jesus was God’s Son and he followed Him. Matthew said that sometimes when we try to explain who Jesus is and what He has done in our lives, we can struggle to find the right words in a ten minute talk! Matthew said that his job, as a follower of Jesus, is to say to people “come and see”. Only when you meet Jesus for yourself will you realize that He is the one who can deal with the problem in your life and can change you.
In the late ‘Premiership’ game, Capernwray were taking on Quernmore. Somehow Capernwray found a new lease of life after their hard first game and by half time, they were 5 – 1 up, with goals from David, Christian and Tobias and 1 goal in response from Dan Sudell for Quernmore. Capernwray could have done without a half time as they never quite hit the heights of the first half, in the second. Quernmore started to pull back the goals and as the second half went on, it looked like it was going to go right to the wire, but Capernwray did manage to get a couple more of their own, which were enough to see them over the line. Goals for Capernwray came from David (3), Chriatian (2) and Tobias (2) with special note going to Taylor for hitting the woodwork 4 times! Quernmore’s goal scorers were Dan Sudell (2), Mick Lund (2) and Jason Hettrick. Capernwray finish the season with a very respectable 26 points and a goal difference of plus 13 and are debatably the best Capernwray team we have seen in the 11 seasons we have been running the league.
Torchbearers had had a disappointing result in their early game, but much like Capernwray, found another gear in the first half of their late game. The first half was fairly even, but Torchbearers were more clinical in front of goal and took a two nil lead into half time. Into the second half and Torchbearers added another goal after a good move. Time for a tactical change and Dom came out of net for Garstang. And what a change it was. Almost straight away he scored with a shot that nestled high in the roof of the net. It was a game changing moment and you could see the confidence in the Garstang lads growing. 2 minutes later and Dom had his second goal and Garstang started to believe they could get a result. Ben Taylor was playing up top for them and was linking the team up well, but the next goal was one of his own, as he turned and got his shot away. Torchbearers were still in the game though, but were struggling to get many chances against a highly motivated Garstang team. That was until they nipped in on the break and Adi made it 4 – 3. Garstang pushed and pushed for an equalizer and had chances, but the ball just wouldn’t go in the back of the net and Torchbearers finished the season with a win.
Roeburndale Rascals 6 – 0 Capernwray
Chipping 8 – 2 Torchbearers
Quernmore 5 – 7 Capernwray
Torchbearers 4 – 3 Garstang